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Sams Teach Yourself CSS in 24 Hours (Sams Teach 24 Hours)

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ISBN-13: 075-2063324097
ISBN-10: 0672324091
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Learning to apply CSS is the HTML Web publisher's next developmental step toward a professional and stable Web design. A prerequisite to learning higherlevel languages like Javascript, Java, and Flash, CSS is gaining increasing support among major browsers, including Netscape, Internet Explorer (together 94% market share) and newcomers Opera, Mozilla and NeoPlanet, and backwardscompatibility with older browser versions and specialized browsers.

The key to successful CSS implementation is in understanding how different browsers use and interpret CSS. This tutorial takes the unique position of teaching the reader how to make smart decisions about how and when to apply CSS, based on browser support and intended effects. In 24 straightforward, hourly lessons, the reader learns by accomplishing handson tasks that can be applied to his own site in every hour.

About the Author

Kynn Bartlett has been working on the Web since 1994 and is especially interested in universal accessibility. As president of the HTML Writers Guild, Kynn founded the AWARE Center in 1999 to promote accessible Web design, and he teaches online courses in Web accessibility. In addition to writing, speaking at conferences, and teaching online courses, Kynn is the cofounder of Idyll Mountain Internet (, a Web development company. In his free time, he has an assortment of geek hobbies, documented in detail at Kynn lives somewhere in southern California with his wife Liz and three large black dogs. You can write to him at


Product Details

  • Series: Sams Teach 24 Hours
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (July 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,331,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Cascading Style Sheets or CSS is one of the essential skills needed for web development. The greater degree of control that they give you over the appearance of your pages is well worth any and all effort it takes to learn how to use them. Fortunately, with this book in your hand that effort will be minimal.
I have taught CSS several times in a community education setting, but not for over a year. In an attempt to refresh my skills, I examined this book and went through a few of the more detailed examples. They all worked well and I learned several features of CSS that will be used in future classes. I also now recommend this book to students who ask for help in choosing a book to continue their study of CSS.
There is one obvious drawback to the book and that is the lack of color. One of the main advantages of using CSS is the excellent control it gives you over the use of colors. While the author makes an honest attempt to fill in the details with text, it simply is not enough to give you the full experience of how the colors will appear.
The coverage is thorough and the author also spends a great deal of time explaining the differing support of CSS in the major browsers. This is done via a series of charts called browser report cards and really helps to clarify what will appear, as the support for CSS among the browsers is somewhat arbitrary. In my teaching of CSS, my examples demonstrate many features, not all of which are supported. Students find this confusing and any information about the relative support is very helpful.
This is a sound book that will either get you up to speed or refresh your knowledge of CSS in a very short time. Maybe not quite in 24 hours, but close enough so that the difference is not significant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Francis Smith on September 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
To quickly introduce myself: I have been working with the web very nearly since its inception, including recently teaching a course on design using HTML and CSS.
That said, reading this book was of great use to me; I learned things I had never discovered before (some of which, happily, are currently supported by multiple popular browsers), and the guides to browser incompatibility are so useful as to deserve reprinting as a quick cheatsheet to use during the design process. The organization of material is sensible, and while the "hours" aren't really consistent as to how long the material took me to absorb, that should vary by person, so is to be expected.
A word about printing errors: there are a few unfortunate ones in the first printing of this book. Each are thoroughly documented in errata on the website the author has provided as a personal courtesy, as well as the various example files and a few more goodies. (The reviewer that decided that he should stop after encountering a printing error and give the book one star, then say "the book may be worth the money" since he hadn't read much of it...well.)
In conclusion, the author knows the subject thoroughly and communicated it clearly and entertainingly; his obvious concern for how much the reader gets from his book is commendable and is the basis for what an excellent resource the book is. To borrow a cliche, no web designer should be without this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bradford on August 21, 2002
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This book is an excellent introduction to Cascading Style Sheets, presented in a style that is approachable and conversational, yet doesn't gloss over the details.
The most valuable part of the book, though, is the no-punches-pulled assessment of how CSS elements are, or are not, supported in the real-world browsers, some of which are badly broken. If the publishers of today's web browsers would read this book and fix their implementations, the web would be a better place! Until then, we have to thank Kynn Bartlett for showing us how to do our best to work around the bugs.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mitchell on February 18, 2003
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Do not buy this book if you want to learn anything about Cascading Style Sheets!
It is so full of errors - including screenshots that do not illustrate what they are meant to illustrate - that the instructions are incomprehensible.
In fact, the book doesn't actually lead readers through the creation of style sheets with exercises and projects. Rather, we are expected to download and view stylesheets the author has written.
If you are looking for a good introduction to CSS try 'Eric Meyer on CSS' it is much more expensive but you'll learn what you've set-out to learn.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By George Hartas on January 21, 2003
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TOO many editing errors. Besides the fiasco with the Hour 2 figures being all wrong, and besides the online errata listing of errors that should have been caught, I STILL found many more errors. If you look carefully, you'll see them too.
A lot of the examples that I download have the wrong filenames as part of the first line comment. The filename in the comment does not match the file being viewed. This may be a minor thing, but it leads me to think that this was a rush job by the author.
In Hour 10, I found an HTML file where the wrong CSS linked file was being referenced. Before I figured that out, I thought that the problem was a browser incompatibility (but it wasn't). The HTML file "anthem-10fig04.html" references the CSS file "stars-10fig03.css" but instead it should be referencing CSS file "stars-10fig04.css" This will allow you to have the JPEG image on the link. You can change this yourself in the HTML but how could the author have missed that? Wasn't that tested?
I also found a couple of properties that IE6 doesn't support but wasn't mentioned in the book: [Hour 12 white-space: pre "whitespace-12.4.html"] and [Hour 13 border-style "border-style.html"]. I'm sure it was an oversight. There may be more.
There are some files in the samples that appear to be redundant like "causes2.html" and "causes.html" on Hour 18. There are files that are not being used at all like "k-alt.css" on Hour 18. Oh yeah, Listing 14.2 on page 237 doesn't make sense (compare the last sentence of that page with Listing 14.2 and with the corresponding CSS file you downloaded "lists-14.2.css". They don't match.). There are other things I could mention as well. I think you get the point.
All of this added up makes the book look really bad! I give 2 stars to the editing job done by the author.
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